Marijuana legalization bill inches closer to approval in NJ after long wait

New Jersey voters approved a measure in November to legalize recreational marijuana. More than three months later, Gov. Phil Murphy still hasn’t signed a bill to make it happen. And, in the interim, thousands of people have been arrested on cannabis possession charges. The purported holdup has been Murphy’s concern that the proposed law hasn’t specified uniform penalties for underage users. This week, state Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez and state Sen. Nick Scutari, both Democrats, introduced a “cleanup” bill to address Murphy’s concerns. It provides for light penalties for underage use. It discourages…

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